It’s been already more than a year since the pandemic hit everybody and it’s just fare to give you all a little update of what’s going on:
Free Tour Schedule post COVID-19
When the pandemic hit Colombia back in March 2020 and the borders were closed, we were forced to stop all our operations inmediately. It wasn’t until, October when borders were re-opened that we were able to offer our tours, however, the extremely low demand back in those days forced us to offer our tours based on specific enquiries.
Starting in January 2021 we decided to start offering our free tours at specific schedules. That, although a risky decision due to the almost-null demand, was key to keep our brand present in the market. We started offering Monday, Wednesday and Fridays just at 9:30am, but now we are happy to announce that we are offering up to 11 schedules a week:
Monday to Friday
Currently, July 2021, the starging times available for the Medellin free tour during the weekdays are: 9:30am and 2:30pm. The only exception is that we do not run the free tour on holidays (most of the holidays in Colombia are on Monday, here is the calendar)
Currently, July 2021, during the weekends we are only offering the free tour on Saturday at 9:30am.
Free tour meeting point
The meeting point for the free tour in Medellin remains the same for the last 8 years. We meet at the north ticket booth of Alpujarra metro station. If you are taking Uber, just write “Real City Tours” as your destination and that’s it. We wear red t-shirts with our logo on it.
Free Tour Community
More than a year ago, we were invited by the Free Tour Community to be part of their exclusive list of the top rated free tours all over the world. Perhaps you are not aware of this, but our industry is getting every time more corporate, middle-man and commission driven. There are several platforms where customers like, you are shown those companies who pay to get visibility, not those who actually deliver a great service. Free Tour Comminuty’s goal is to unite and give visibility to the best local, independent business, whose priority is to give a top quality service. We were vey proud to receive their invitation and of course to join them.
If you want to know more about why Free Tours are the way to go when travelling, you should take a look at this article by Rax from Singapore, who not only explains why you should take free tours, but also gives you a list of those companies who provide a top quality service.
Earlier this year I had the great opportunity to meet Kevin from Main Stream Travel Channel who was visting Medellin. We met for a day and walked around the city, I showed him what we do in our Free Tour, Exotic Fruits Tour and Barrio Transformation Tour. This is the awesome video he made about our city.
Also in June, we were lucky enough to guide Zi Xie in our free tour. Zi is a digital nomad currently based in Medellín. She definetely grasped the escense of our tour when she wrote on her blog:
I learned more about Colombia and Medellin’s history thanks to the awesome people at Real City Tours. What really stayed with me is how optimistic this city and its people are, despite all the hardships, the stigmas, and ongoing unrests.
Lastly, last week was released the podcast by our friends at OLSA International. We invite you to listen to it, and if you dont understand because it is in spanish, don’t worrie, contact OLSA and they will help you out. They are the best certified spanish school in Medellín and they are even teaching online.
That’s all for now!